Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta is a new procedure for adjunctive management of critically injured patients with noncompressible torso or pelvic hemorrhage who are in refractory hemorrhagic shock, ie, bleeding to death. The anesthesiologist plays a critical role in management of these patients, from initial evaluation in the trauma bay to definitive care in the operating room and the critical care unit. A comprehensive understanding of the effects of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta is essential to making it an effective component of hemostatic resuscitation.
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From the *Department of Emergency Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Delaware; and †Department of Anesthesiology, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.
Published ahead of print June 20, 2017.
Accepted for publication April 14, 2017.
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